UK Baseball drops game two vs. Georgia 7-8

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[caption id="attachment_348218" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (UK Athletics)[/caption] The Bat ‘Cats made it interesting but fell just short on Saturday night against No. 20 Georgia in Athens. They won the first game of the weekend 6-1 on Friday but fell 7-8 on Saturday as their dramatic ninth-inning rally ran out of gas just before the finish line. The Bulldogs hit early and often against UK starter Sean Harney, starting with a three-run homer in the first inning from Corey Collins. Oraj Anu responded with a solo shot in the second off Bulldog starter Jonathan Cannon, and T.J. Collett added a longball of his own in the fourth to cut it to 3-2 Georgia. The Bulldogs struck back with a homer off Harney from Garrett Blaylock in the bottom of the inning, but the ‘Cats evened the score with four straight hits to start the 5th, highlighted by an RBI single by Chase Estep. Despite the game’s back-and-forth nature, this would be the last time the two teams were even. In the sixth inning, Cole Daniels relieved Harney and promptly gave up three straight hits to give the Bulldogs the lead. They added to it with a sacrifice fly two batters later and ended the inning with a 6-4 lead. By the end of the eighth, that lead had grown to 8-5. In the top of the ninth, Kentucky came to bat with one last chance, facing Georgia closer Ben Harris. They drew two quick outs, raising the pressure even more. Then Trae Harmon drew a walk, paving the way for a powerful two-run shot from Austin Schultz that made it a one-run game. T.J. Collett stepped into the batters box, with the game — and a potential series win — on the line. Collett did put a charge in the ball, but it ended in a fly out to centerfield and an 8-7 Georgia win. The ‘Cats fell to 22-10 on the season with the loss, as Georgia improved to 22-12. Jacob Plastiak led UK with two hits on the night, while Estep and Schultz contributed two RBIs each on their respective homers. Collins led the way for UGA with a 2-3 night, four RBIs and a run scored. The two teams meet again for the rubber match in the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday, as Zack Lee takes the hill for the ‘Cats. UK is looking for its first series win since they swept Auburn three weeks ago.

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